Oncology

Aggressive breast cancer tumours 'can be made vulnerable'

Breast cancer patients with aggressive tumours could be able to undergo less intensive treatments in the future, thanks to a new discovery. Scientists at Lund University have successfully developed a means of disrupting tumour cells' communication with the surrounding cells, and thereby making...

Increase in tissue stiffness 'could lead to greater breast cancer risk'

New research has highlighted a potential link between the stiffness of tissues surrounding cancer cells and the aggressiveness with which breast cancer is able to develop. Doctoral candidate at the Stevens Institute of Technology, US, Deep Parikh, will be presenting his research at this year's...

Study shows varying results for breast cancer recurrence tests

Branded tests used to determine the likelihood of breast cancers returning after treatment vary in accuracy, recent research has shown. A study conducted by Queen Mary University of London, UK, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the JAMA Oncology journal, evaluated four tests on tumour...

Soft chemotherapy ‘effective in older breast cancer patients’

A combination of ‘soft’ chemotherapy with antiHER2 therapy has been found to be highly active and present low toxicity for older patients with HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer. According to the scientists who made the discovery, this is important in a frail population. Professor...

Mother’s breast cancer type may affect newborn health status

For breast cancer survivors, the risk of giving birth prematurely may depend on the type of breast cancer they had. This is according to a new study from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, US. The researchers analysed health indicators for children born to...

UK breast cancer mortality rate drops by 10.4%

The number of women surviving breast cancer in the UK has increased by 10.4 per cent over the past few years, according to new figures. Data released by Cancer Research UK to coincide with World Cancer Day on Sunday February 4th shows that in 2010, 39 women in every 100,000 in Britain died from...

Fish-derived omega-3 ‘better than flaxseed at preventing breast cancer’

Omega-3 from fish is more effective at preventing breast cancer than flaxseed, a new study has revealed. The research, conducted by the University of Guelph, Canada, found that marine-based omega-3 is eight times more effective at inhibiting tumour development and growth. Professor David Ma, from...

Interactive tool ‘boosts knowledge of breast cancer treatment options’

Scientists have developed an interactive online tool to help breast cancer patients better understand their treatment options. According to Dr Sarah Hawley, professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, US, knowledge is a key component of making decisions about treatment, but it...

Study reveals protein playing key role in spread of breast cancer

Researchers have identified how breast cancer spreads to the lungs, which could potentially hold the key to preventing the progression of the disease. According to the scientists from the University of Liverpool, UK, breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in women due to metastasis...

New test identifies BRCA2 gene mutations that lead to cancers

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, US, have developed a new test that shows which mutations in the BRCA2 gene make women susceptible to developing breast or ovarian cancers. Dr Fergus Couch, lead author of the study, said: “Certain inherited mutations in the BRCA2 gene have been linked to breast...